Dr Jonathan Lewis

Research Fellow

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Jonathan is Research Fellow in Bioethics and Medical Law.

His research is situated at the intersections of bioethics, medical law, moral psychology and health policy.

In terms of bioethics, Jonathan has published on the ethics of new and emerging biotechnologies, the ethics of biomedical research, the interactions between moral psychology and clinical and public health ethics, the patient-doctor relationship relating to vulnerable individuals, children and individuals from minority groups, and experimental philosophical approaches to bioethics and medical law. 

With regards to medical law, he has published on the tensions between capacity law, mental health law and human rights law, international abortion legislation, the law of physician assisted dying and euthanasia, the Court of Protection and the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction, and the common law treatment of vulnerable individuals and children. 

Finally, in terms of health policy, Jonathan has delivered research on racial justice and drug laws, the impact of COVID-19 laws and regulations on public health and public health effects of climate change. 

Commencing in April 2022, Jonathan became Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Ethics.

With Søren Holm, he is Co-Principal Investigator for the HYBRIDA project (‘Embedding a Comprehensive Ethical Dimension to Organoid-based Research and Resulting Technologies’; SwafS-Horizon 2020). 


Prior to joining the University of Manchester, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dublin City University, where he was Co-Principal Investigator for the EnTIRE project (‘Mapping Normative Frameworks for Ethics and Integrity of Research’; Horizon 2020) as well as Investigator for the INBOTs project (‘Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society’; Horizon 2020).

Jonathan conducted doctoral research in philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he was the recipient of a Crossland Scholarship and a College Research Scholarship, and he has worked as a researcher on a number of collaborative policy-oriented projects involving health care providers, public health organisations, legal institutions, professional bodies and academics at the intersections of ethics, law, public health and health policy.

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  • 2014 - Doctor of Philosophy, Reification and Problems of Modern Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London (2010 - 2014)

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